Raw is WCW: The most awkward match ever

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July 03, 2013

Eventually, two members of the WWE locker room – Kurt Angle and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin – dashed to the ring and began attacking both men, putting the Tacoma crowd out of their misery. Fans immediately leapt to their feet with the refreshing sight of the Superstars they’d paid to see.

“When you’ve got two WCW stalwarts coming into WWE territory and trying to make that a marquee match, I can see why some would have a bad taste in their mouth,” Austin said. “They want to see what they’re used to seeing.”

The four men brawled out of the ring and to the backstage area where the two WCW competitors were unceremoniously tossed out of the building. Booker went on to a WWE Hall of Fame career, but Bagwell made only one more brief appearance for WWE at a SmackDown taping the following night. A week later, Ross – in charge of all the performers at that time – dismissed “The Stuff” at a show in Atlanta.

“When I think of Buff Bagwell, he was so WCW,” Austin said. “He was ‘Buff the Stuff.’ ”

Watch Buff compete with his mother on a pole during the final year of WCW

“He had some success in Atlanta, but I didn’t know how he’d fit culturally into our locker room,” Ross explained. “We were willing to give him the benefit of the doubt and give him the opportunity.”

That was when Booker’s working relationship with his longtime colleague ended.

“We were in Atlanta and he showed up to the show at about 6:30,” Booker said. “That was the last time I saw Bagwell. I have not seen him or talked to him since that day.”

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